It has supposedly been established in numerous studies that physical fitness is rather important for an individual’s health. Now a new nation-wide study is all set to examine whether physical activity may enhance the memory and wellbeing of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The study would supposedly be performed in Brisbane by staff from The University of Queensland at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital complex.
This study seemingly follows on from formerly published work by the study team. It supposedly divulged that walking for two and a half hours per week for 24 weeks appeared to considerably enhance the memory and thinking skills in Australians who were 50 years and older and who accounted for issues in their memory.
Associate Professor Gerard Byrne, Head of Psychiatry at The University of Queensland and Director of the Older Persons Mental Health Service at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, commented, “It is becoming increasingly evident that regular physical exercise is not only important for physical health, but may also be an important part of maintaining a person’s memory and thinking ability.”
The new study is apparently hunting for people with Alzheimer’s disease who are said to be living at home and seemingly have a family a member or friend who is ready to take part in the study as well.
Associate Professor Byrne, commented, “We hope that the physical activity program will not only improve the quality of life and general wellbeing of the patient, but that it will also be of benefit to the carer.”
Volunteers may encompass a personalized training program crafted for them which could take up to 150 minutes per week for 24 weeks and which could encompass a range of physical activities. They are said to have their activity level evaluated every six months by means of a use of a pedometer, their capability to walk distances, how swiftly they can get up from the chair, and their capability to clutch objects.
Associate Professor Byrne, remarked, “Over the last 10 years, substantial progress has been made in the development of new drugs for people with Alzheimer’s Disease. We now need cost-effective non-pharmacological interventions and it seems that one of the most promising of these is physical activity.”
The main theory of this study is that volunteers with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease who take part in the personalized training program for 24 weeks may undergo considerably less trouble with their memory and thinking ability by the conclusion of the program. This is as compared to subjects who experienced their standard exercise activity.
People suffering from mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease who are living at home in the community and have someone ready to monitor them during their activity program and escort them to clinic visits are apparently required to take part in this study in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.